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Will the GMC ZRX Make a Comeback?

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A recent trademark application suggests that an old GMC favorite may soon return to the streets. GMC could be planning to revive the street-performance-focused ZRX trucks, likely as an optional package for its existing lineup of trucks.

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About the original ZRX

The ZRX nameplate originated in the early 2000s, used to a line of street-focused, limited-production GMC Sonoma models. The Sonoma nameplate is now defunct, but the ZRX has the potential to live on.

ZRX Sonoma models had quite a few extras. For starters, they boasted a hearty 4.3-liter V6 engine and a four-speed automatic transmission, designed to channel torque to the rear wheels. Its street-tuned Multimatic Dynamic Suspension Spool Valve shocks provide a smooth ride. Those refined shocks first debuted on the 2015 Camaro Z/28, a machine known for its track-hugging ride. But the ZRX Sonoma didn’t keep all of its notable features on the inside — its signature bodyside decals and bed rails gave is a distinct appearance. The truck also included a lower ride height and a limited-slip differential.

It’s unknown if these features will return alongside the ZRX name. Unfortunately, the trademark filing didn’t include any illustrations.

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With the potential return of the ZRX, gearheads across the Internet are eagerly speculating about the details. Craig Cole at Autoguide suspects that the revamped trucks will have rear-wheel drive only, alongside accessories like a tonneau cover, bed rails, and a triumphant return of the ZRX decals. Cole also expects the new ZRX to boast the Silverado’s turbocharged 2.7-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 310 horsepower and 348 lb-ft of torque. However, Christopher Smith at Motor1 speculates that the ZRX will be a modified Canyon, with a 3.6-liter V6 under the hood. Only time will tell.

That is, if the new ZRX ever sees the light of day, to begin with. Many automakers file trademarks without ever bringing the ideas to life. Nevertheless, it’s fun to speculate about what the GMC lineup has in store.

Source: Motor Authority